South Carolina seaside sees rise in Man O’Warfare stings, sightings, officers say (News)

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Beachgoers beware: Portuguese Man O’Wars sightings and stings have been on the rise on a minimum of one seaside in South Carolina.

Metropolis of Folly Seaside officers on Wednesday issued a warning to guests and residents alike to be cautious of the creatures on the shore, which might ship a venomous sting.

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Getting stung by one in all these sea creatures is extremely painful, based on Nationwide Geogrpahic. Even lifeless Man O’Wars can nonetheless ship a sting.

Officers mentioned anybody who spots the creature – which is a siphonophore, not a jellyfish, based on the publication – ought to report the sighting.

If stung, officers advocate utilizing “vinegar and heat” to to deal with a Man O’Warfare sting. Extra particularly, WebMD recommends rinsing the affected space with vinegar for 30 seconds earlier than eradicating the creature’s tentacles with tweezers.

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As soon as the tentacles are eliminated, it’s greatest to then soak the identical space with scorching water for 20 minutes.

Madeline Farber is a Reporter for Fox News. You possibly can comply with her on Twitter @MaddieFarberUDK.

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